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Dear Friends:  It will be my pleasure to be the guest on Canto Talk this Thursday, Aug. 17.  Please click HERE to listen live from 10 am Pacific Time/12 noon Central Time/1 pm Eastern Time or after for the archived podcast.

Part of the show will revolve around emergency response, which is a subject I deal with in my professional life.  In this instance, the response involves what to do to survive after a nuclear bomb is detonated:

Today, I got a call from a client wanting to update their Business Contingency Plan to address fallout from a nuclear attack. This is not entirely surprising, given the escalation of North Korea’s threats against Guam and the United States.

The Millennials have long enjoyed a “peace dividend”, courtesy of President Ronald Reagan’s peace-through-strength policies, that have now been entirely spent. Perhaps realizing this, internet searches on surviving a nuclear attack have exploded in the last 48 hours.

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Baby boomers, such as myself, are trying to remember our duck-and-cover lessons.

To seriously address my client’s query, I did some research and located some guides from the Ventura County Health Department that were both informative and potentially useful.

Plus, Silvio Canto, Jr., and I will discuss the hottest topics in the news…though what those will be on Thursday is pretty much anyone’s guess at this point.

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Dear Readers: It will be my pleasure to be the guest on Canto Talk this week on Thursday, July 13, 10 am Pacific Time, noon Central Time, and 1 pm Eastern (click here during show times, or after for an archived podcast.

The topics: The anti-Trump media feeding frenzy and fashion, fashion, fashion.

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The news cycle has rarely been busier since President Donald Trump took office. Silvio Canto, Jr., and I will be chatting about the latest media feeding frenzy: Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting with the “Russian.” Professor William Jacobson has some brilliant analysis, which will be one aspect we will cover.

The emails show no actual evidence of “collusion” or illegality. There is nothing indicating the information to be offered was stolen or otherwise improperly obtained, or that other than being willing to listen, the Trump campaign was involved in how the information was obtained. To the contrary, the promised information was “official records and information.”

This also took place prior to the hack of the DNC being publicly known, so there was no reason to suspect that this was hacked information. Notice how the narrative has changed from the Trump campaign colluding with the Russians to “hack the election” to the Trump campaign being willing to have a meeting with someone who may have damaging oppo research.

And of course, there was no there there. There’s no indication any information actually existed.

Trump Jr. displayed incredible amateurishness in how this was handled. There isn’t any doubt that the Clinton campaign, if offered “official records and information” showing improper Trump dealings with the Russians would have taken the meeting. But her campaign would have been savvy enough to do it through surrogates and allies, and to provide key players with deniability and distance. We know this because in January 2017 Politico reported that the Ukrainian government helped Hillary with opposition research on Trump, but she did it though “allies.”

Trump Jr., by contrast, took the bait, and brought others from the inner circle into it. In so doing, he provided seeming confirmation for a preexisting narrative. Even if the actual emails don’t show it.

We will also discuss Melania Trump, who has become the First Lady of Fashion:

This dress is my favorite so far:

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Melania Trump accompanied her husband to Poland and onto the G20 summit in Hamburg last week. Her final look of the visit was an opulent leaf-patterned dress by Jil Sander, which was founded by the eponymous German-born designer creating a suitably diplomatic bod to the host country.

She added a pop of colour to the look with a a bright red Bottega Veneta coat and co-ordinating waist-cinching belt.

The look continued the First Lady’s swerve away from severe tailoring; for a concert the evening before she had opted for a 20s-silhouette with a flapper-influenced frock by American designer, Michael Kors.

Melania Trump’s style has undergone a sophisticated reinvention since her husband ran for President, evolving from the high-octane glamour she preferred before becoming a political wife into an elegant and often strict silhouette, mixing American designers with her old favourites such as Valentino and Dolce and Gabbana.

She is so stylish that the attire she dons sells out shortly after each public appearance.

When Melania stepped out in Warsaw to echo her husband’s nationalistic message, she was in for a whirl-wind, as the scuba-knit Delpozo dress she donned appeared to overshadow the famous world leaders in Poland that day.

The sleeveless decoupage midi dress was available at luxury retailers Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman at the time Melania wore the pop-art-like dress, for upwards of roughly $3,000. Delpozo is considered one of the most famous Spanish design houses in the world, alongside luxury brand Loewe.

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Please join us…it will be fun, fun, fun!!!!

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Dear Friends: It will be my pleasure to join Silvio Canto, the most interesting Cuban-American man in the world, this week to talk about crazy California and the Mom’s March for America that is slated for Sept. 23rd. The show is at this Tuesday, May 23 at 10 am PST/12 noon CT/ 1 pm EST; click here then for the live program, or after for the archived podcast.

Our guest this week is the Director of the Coalition for Policy Reform and President of SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition, Dawn Wildman. She will be giving us the details on the Mom’s March for America, which she is helping to promote.

The reason for the march is to offer a contrast to the Women’s March earlier this year.

…[T]he fact is, millions of women in America—and throughout the world—have been, and continue to be, belittled, maligned and deceived by radical feminist ideas and agendas.

That is the reason HomeMakers for America and other women’s organizations are uniting together to launch a national Mom’s March for America. If the media aren’t willing to go out on that limb to declare the majority of women in America do not support this radical anti-freedom, anti-family agenda, the mothers of America will.

The event isn’t a march, per se. It is a rally in Iowa, in the Heartland, which will be televised to groups across the nation. This video explains the concept.

There theme is culture:

Are you tired of cultural America and liberal Hollywood trying to define motherhood, redefine your values, and take away your divine right to raise your children. Then join us on September 23, 2017 for the Mom’s March for America! This is our chance to declare to the world that truth is self-evident, family matters, and freedom is worth fighting for. America’s silent majority of mothers will no longer be silent.

And, because Dawn and I are both California Tea Party supporters, we will review the State of Insanity as featured in Legal Insurrection:

It’s going to be another epic show!

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Dear Friends:  The always entertaining and informative Silvio Canto Jr., and I will be looking back at President Trump’s first 100 days in office this week.  Please tune in 10 AM PST/ 12 noon CT/ 1 pm EST this Wednesday, April 26th for another great Canto Talk show (or download the archived podcast after).

Our guest will be the most glamorous of President Trump’s supporters: Terry Lee Ebert Mendozza, who is a founding member of The Trumpettes! Readers will recall she was featured during our previous show that focused on President Trump’s Inauguration!

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To say the President Trump has been busy these past 100 days would be an understatement of galactic proportions. It will be hard to list all the Obama-repealing, economy-enhancing, America-embracing improvements that our Commander-in-Chief has accomplished in this short span of time.

When I asked Terry what her favorite moment during these 100 days has been, my fellow Eguptophile mentioned President Trump’s negotiations with Egypt’s President Sisi to release an Egyptian-American languishing in jail during Obama’s tenure.

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The Obama administration unsuccessfully pressed Sissi’s government for their release. It was not until Trump moved to reset U.S. relations with Egypt by embracing Sissi at the White House on April 3…that Egypt’s posture changed. Last Sunday, a court in Cairo dropped all charges against Hijazi and the others.

What the White House plans to celebrate as vindication of its early diplomacy comes at the end of a week in which the administration has combated charges of foreign policy confusion.

Silvo said the appointment of Judge Neal Gorsuch to the Supreme Court was his pick for best presidential act during the first 100! However, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell had a key, supporting role by detonating the nuclear option that allowed the confirmation to conclude successfully!

I have many favorite moments, so I will list three themes that I have especially enjoyed during this first phase of Trump’s presidency.

1) President Trump’s epic trolling of the press.

For example, he tweets that he has been “wiretapped” by the Obama Administration. The American press gets hysterical and accuses Trump of being a delusional, paranoid liar that has been a toll of Russia. Several weeks later, after a series of revelations about Trump campaign personnel being targeted by FISA warrants, there is now radio silence of the Trump’s supposed Russia ties.

The most delicious example of trolling this week: President Trump scheduling a massive rally in Pennsylvania while the elite media enjoy their White House Correspondents dinner without a single member of the current administration in attendance.

2) Trump’s targeting of Obama’s legacy projects with the precision of a drone and the power of a MOAB.

While I appreciate that Obamacare and taxes, to be done properly, will not be done with 100 days, it is apparent to be that part of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” plan is to rescind Obama’s legacy whenever and wherever he can.

The most recent example of Trump’s use of “pen and phone” on behalf of Americans is an executive order that undid Obama-era rules related to mining restrictions and land management.

One order Trump will sign this week will expand oil and gas drilling in U.S. waters off the nation’s coast, calling for a “review of the locations available for offshore oil and gas exploration and of certain regulations governing offshore oil and gas exploration.”

Another will order the Interior Department to review national monument designations as part of a broader effort to decrease the amount of land that has been designated as federal land. Once an area is deemed a national monument, it cannot be used for drilling and mining.

3) Trump has replaced Smart Power with Smart Deals (with a side of Kick Ass).

I predict that Obama’s foreign policy will become legendary…for its ineptness. President Trump probably has experience the most success in this area, because there was so much room for improvement.

Syria has been been put on notice, in terms of the likely consequences of continued use of chemical weapons. China is now buying American coal instead of North Korean. Information in now leaking infamous Iran deal, which was founded on lies and bribes.

Please tune in…it’s gonna be YUGE!

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Dear Friends: It will be my pleasure to be a guest on Canto Talk this Tuesday, March 21st at 11 pm Pacific/1 pm Central/2 pm EST to cover “Springtime in California”. Click here for the show, or after for an archived podcast.

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This year, as the special snowflakes are melting, we will review the status of Citizen Activism in this state with Dawn Wildman Director- Coalition for Policy Reform
http://www.cprca.org and  Founder-CA Tea Party Groups Coalition.

California has had a blizzard of special snowflake activity recently:

Dawn’s groups will be awfully busy responding to all the insanity! However, it will make for another interesting show.

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Dear Friends: It is my pleasure to be a guest on Silvio Canto’s wonderful Blogtalkradio.com program, Canto Talk, this Valentine’s Day. I will be joined by military history expert Barry Jacobsen to review romance-based myths. So, Click HERE on Tuesday, Feb. 14th at 11 am Pacific Time/ 1 pm Central/ 2 pm Eastern or after for the archived show.

Barry will start the program by reviewing some traditional myths surrounding romance. Then, we will review how they have evolved to take darker characters and transform them into romantic heroes, in a trend I will call “twilighting”.

For example, the vampire began its history in literature as a character more suited for Halloween than Valentine’s Day.

But, in the new Millennium, vampires have been transformed into diamond-skin, chivalrous, heart-throbs.

But that isn’t the only transformation that has been occurring either. For example, the myth of Hades and Persephone has been a staple in literature and history courses.

One day Hades, God of the Underworld, saw Persephone (Goddess of Spring) and instantly fell in love with her.

Ades (Hades) confided his secret in his brother Zeus, asking for help, so the two of them concocted a plan to trap her. As the girl (Persephone) played with her companions, they caused the ground to split underneath her.

Persephone slipped beneath the Earth and Hades stole her to the Underworld where he made her his wife.

The myth says that Persephone was very unhappy, but after much time, she came to love the cold-blooded Hades and lived happily with him.

However, in the world of fan-fiction, the relationship between Hades and Persephone has been rewritten to be a veritable love-match. Forbidden Fruit: Persephone’s Story by Lady Fael is a good example.

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Then, there are the books that follow in the footsteps of these fan-based works:

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Olympian Confessions: Hades and Persephone by Erin Kinsella depicts Hades as the only Greek God who cares about humanity (despite the lack of worship).  Persephone falls in love with the dark hero, because he is the only one who allows her to have the freedom she craves and the trust she needs.  This version of the myth turns Demeter into a real mommie-dearest figure.

for-the-love-of-hadesIn For the Love of Hades by Sasha Sommers, Hades has to do battle in order to save Persephone (who falls in love with him immediately).  After breaking off an engagement with a king and negotiating with the Fates, she is allowed to join Hades for 6 months each year.

To go with these books, there is also a wealth of fan-art.

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At a time when “50 Shades Darker” is the Valentine’s movie offered by Hollywood, taking a look at the “Twilighting” of myths seems like a fun choice for this year’s show.

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I hear it tastes like champagne.

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